Hiram College

Center for Literature and Medicine 2018 Summer Seminar


“Teaching Research Methods in Health Humanities”

June 6-10, 2018

Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Program and registration information coming later this fall!

Like Frankenstein’s Creature, the health humanities are the sum of many parts. Its scholars come from a diverse range of disciplines, each with its own research methods. As we continue to work to define the health humanities as a unique field of study—promoted through international organizations and journals, and formalized in academic curricula—we are afforded opportunity to shape the meaning, practice, and teaching of interdisciplinary research. The methodological diversity of our field raises key questions for those conducting health humanities research, or teaching research methods:

What is the importance of research to the health humanities as a field? What constitutes research—the discovery of generalizable knowledge— in this field? Are there any methods unique to the health humanities? How can we integrate forms of specialized knowledge to produce inter-, multi-, or trans- disciplinary scholarship? Given the diversity of disciplines and methodologies that constitute our field, how should health humanities programs train students in research methods at the baccalaureate and graduate levels?  How can we collaborate to better understand, integrate, and teach the wide variety of research methods in our field?  

This summer seminar, sponsored by the Center for Literature and Medicine at Hiram College, will bring together health humanities educators and practitioners to discuss these questions through three days of immersive workshops. Drawing on contributors to the forthcoming volume Research Methods in Health Humanities (eds. Craig Klugman and Erin Lamb) as well as other leaders in the field, workshop sessions will introduce innovative exercises for teaching research skills in the health humanities classroom, offering participants the opportunity to engage with multiple disciplinary perspectives. Lightning talks and poster sessions will allow participants to present their own approaches to conducting or teaching research. Meals and evening gatherings will provide opportunities for conversation and collaboration with your health humanities colleagues.

The seminar will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 6th and will conclude with a final banquet on the evening of Saturday, June 10th.  Registration includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches, opening reception and final banquet.

Low-cost on-campus lodging will be available Wednesday through Saturday nights in a suite-style, air-conditioned residence hall.  Alternative on-campus lodging is available at The Hiram Inn.

Tentative Registration Pricing: $250 per person

Residence hall lodging cost: $50 per evening.